May 26, 2015

The hill of Gavrilos

A good idea for the cloudy day today is to explore the southern and eastern areas of the island.
To reach your first destination go down towards south, to Emporeio. Right opposite the village you can see clearly, even from a distance, the Hill of Gavrilos with the 8 traditional windmills aged since 19th centure. On this hill, which in old times was called “Platanimou mountain”, you can go either by car or on foot, depending on your mood (sign”Myloi”). This rocky mass, along with mount Profitis Elias, mount Mesa Vouno and Monolithos hill,is one of the pre eruption parts of Santorini which do not consist of volcanic materials.

Ruins from the Byzantine era, an ancient cemetery and carved Hellenistic tombs reveal the use of the location for many centuries. When you reach the top, you will come across the white chapel of Prophet Elias the “Hamilos” (=Low). Continue forward as much as you can, to the edge of the cliff and admire the breathtaking view: in front of you the deep blue sea, on your right Vlychada and the picturesque Akrotiri and on your left Perissa and the rocks. They are all generously offered by nature, so you can capture them and hold the memories of the stunning landscape forever.